Monday mornings; humdrum housework; dull drizzly days – they are all made infinitely better by music – well I think so. I’m in a much happier mood after listening to some of my favourite feel good songs. My grumpiness lifts, things don’t seem so bad, I get an energy burst and feel more upbeat.
So every day the music goes on.
Jazz café mellow while we eat or funky disco for a Friday. Pop and power ballads stuck in a traffic jam. Old school R&B to get ready for a night out. Mainstream dance and house to make me feel sprightly and still (partially) with it. Occasionally I give in to a few nursery rhymes but most of the time we just like songs we can dance around to. Yes, we like to dance in the K-household (husband included). At weekends the toddler and I have been known to put the leg-warmers on to get fully in the mood. She doesn’t know it yet but soon we’ll be in full dress up with our hairbrushes, ready to re-enact those Top of the Pops glory days which I remember so fondly from my younger years.
And while my music taste is varied – it’s pretty fair to say I’m not the coolest cat in town. (The friends that foolishly let me loose on their Spotify account soon realise I am not the person to be putting together the party playlist!) Each to their own and all that.
So, at the risk of being ridiculed and excluded from future soirées, here are 30 songs from my very own feel-good-playlist (I’m actually cringing that I’m admitting to this). It will fill some of you with horror to know there are more great songs on my playlist but I’ll stop at this…
- Ain’t nobody | Chaka Khan
- Ain’t no mountain high enough | Marvin Gaye
- All night long | Lionel Richie
- Could you be loved | Bob Marley
- Cruel summer | Bananarama
- Don’t stop believing | Journey
- Don’t worry be happy | Bobby McFerrin
- Escape (the Pina Colada song) | Rupert Holmes
- Flashdance – What a feeling | Irene Cara
- Holding out for a hero | Bonnie Tyler
- Hold on | Wilson Phillips
- Hungry eyes | Eric Carmen / Dirty Dancing
- I knew you were waiting | George Michael & Aretha Franklin
- I wanna dance with somebody | Whitney Houston
- I’m coming out | Diana Ross
- I’m so excited | The Pointer Sisters
- Is this love | Alison Moyet
- Let’s hear it for the boy | Deniece Williams
- Love is a battlefield | Pat Benatar
- Ms Jackson | Outkast
- Papa don’t preach | Madonna (or Like a Prayer)
- Push it | Salt n Pepa
- Show me love | Robin S
- Smooth criminal | Michael Jackson
- Somebody else’s guy | Jocelyn Brown
- Walking on sunshine | Katrina & the Waves
- We don’t have to take our clothes off | Jermaine Stewart
- Would I lie to you | Charles & Eddie (also like the more recent John Gibbons version)
- You can call me Al | Paul Simon
- You give love a bad name | Bon Jovi
There we are. I’m willing to ruin any glimmer of credibility I may have had; just in case there might be one song that makes you smile, sing or dance around the house.
Now I want to know your feel good songs
Comment below or message me privately if it’s worse than my choices and you want to keep your identity unknown! Then I can add them to the list and the next time you’re feeling a bit ‘blah’ for whatever reason, you can come back to this post for some song inspiration. Turn it up as loud as you can without your neighbours complaining or putting your hearing at risk. Dance as though no-one is watching – unless you prefer that someone is watching?! (Maybe you possess the same confidence of our previous neighbour who did everything naked, in her glass fronted flat with no curtains, eyeful indeed!)
Clothed, naked, whatever you prefer but let’s do this. Sing. Dance. Feel good. x